2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I have a hard time ageing white wines in my home. The problem with Riesling is that while it does have fantastic ageing potential, it offers so much in it’s youth. I recognize Riesling north of thirty dollars is at a price point where you may thing twice about gulping down a bottle on a Friday night, but that’s not a…

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Five Rows – Summer 2017

Five Rows – Summer 2017

I recently made a visit to Five Rows winery for the first time. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this small winery. The reason is simple, there really isn’t a lot of wine being made here. This winery is the definition of cult following. Winemaker and grape grower Wes Lowrey updates a blog periodically with what is going on at the winery. How this blog differs from many wineries is that it’s not…

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Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

Wine Profile:Eurovintage – Releases for Summer

2016 Remy Pannier Muscadet – LCBO 13821 – $15.20 – **** – The problem I have with Muscadet is that it generally needs to be paired with food. This Muscadet, on the other hand, is welcoming and approachable. There is a nice citrus note, a grassiness and tons of mineral. So, this offers everything you should expect from Muscadet… but then there is this apple note that makes an appearance. Keep a bottle of this…

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2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – I would love to see this bottle as a vintages essential so I can get it year round. While founder Len Pennachetti will refer to Cave Spring as the house that Riesling built, this winery rounds out the portfolio with strong offerings across all varietals including Chardonnay. The main story with this wine is a nice creamy mouthfeel balanced with great acidity…

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2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours…

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2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine – Vintages 381533 – $49.95 – ****+ – This winery from Nova Scotia has been generating significant buzz for quite some time. This bottle is definitely one of the reasons why. With aromas that are nice and toasty with applesauce and citrus that climb out of the glass. This bottle is punching above it’s weight class if you were to pour this side by side with Champagne that is…

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2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling – Vintages 78055 – $29.95 – ****+ – The nose offers subtle red fruit over a nice bready note. This is made in the traditional method with two years on lees. The vibrant red fruit is front and center with this bottle of Pinot Noir sparkling. Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry and a nice layer of citrus bringing up the finish. This wine manages to walk a tightrope between a rich…

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2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc

2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc

2014 Trius Red Shale Cabernet Franc – ****½ – $45.20 – The 2014 Vintage wasn’t anything that during the summer and fall I envisioned being exceptional. It would seem that every bottle of Cabernet Franc I manage to get my hands on reveal something I didn’t notice at the time. Aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cassis and a slight aroma of woodsmoke. What is incredible about this wine is the rich concentration Of all flavours and…

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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

2014 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 331603 – $22.95 – **** – There is a lot of fruit in this bottle, and frankly, this is what you should expect from California during the very hot and dry 2014 summer. In spite of the concentration of fruit flavours there is definitely some restraint and care taken in how this wine was put together. Aromas are cassis, strawberry, blackberry, plum, hints of black licorice and…

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Domaine Queylus – Spring 2017

Domaine Queylus – Spring 2017

In March I made a visit to Domaine Queylus. There’s a good chance you’ve never made a stop by this winery because it’s a little out of the way on Sixteen Road. I had to double check my GPS a few times as I moved further away from the QEW. My visit was the day after Cuvée where winemaker Kelly Mason was pouring 2014 Reserve Chardonnay and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir which both showed very…

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